Aug. 31st, 2010

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The Native Star, by M.K. Hobson—being an enthusiastic review with minor spoilers

This is a gem of a novel, faceted and full of fascinating world building. The characters all live on and off the page, pig-headed, brave, and as loud with inner life as the earth of Hobson’s alternate age of industry America is with magic. There are biomechanical flying Cockatrices, magic gone wrong creates a mutant raccoon and zombies, and there's Credomancy—an entirely awesome school of magic that runs on belief. It’s a great ride, and Hobson’s sure handling of everything from magic’s class system, economies, and technologies to the course of rocky true love keeps it effortlessly engaging.

While Miss Penelope Pendennis, trade union representative for the Witches’ Friendly Society, is easily one of my favorite secondary characters ever, the book bursts with a lively supporting cast, from a Miwok holy woman and a revolutionary farmer to slick, politically minded warlocks and a secret society called the Sini Mira.

The machines of industry run on magic in this alternate America, and there are enough serious players with their own complex agendas ranged against our heroes Emily Edwards and Dreadnought Stanton (Best. Name. Ever.) to make me excited for The Native Star’s sequel, The Hidden Goddess.

If you need a taste, or if the book isn't on the shelf at your local bookstore today, you can read the first chapter here.


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ArmadilloCon was fun; saw lots of folks I was glad to see, among them [ profile] marthawells, [ profile] j_cheney, [ profile] amysisson  and husband Paul (in awesomely impressive NASA kit), plus local peeps galore (who I may see only a couple other times a year). Also got to meet the wonderful Michael Bishop in person, after knowing him through Steven Utley and email for a while. Many of these folks were kind enough to show up for my reading and the excerpt I read of "Nights at the Crimea" from the Bishop and Utley edited Passing for Human was well received. Best question: Are the Zohar movies real, can I go see one? Means I did my job in the story and made it real.

The Broad Universe reading was fun, with great bits from everyone, and a nice haul of giveaway books into the bargain.

Didn't get to as many readings as I wanted, since you always end up socializing and eating instead, but Nancy Kress and Martha Wells were both great (of course).

I took home two pieces of art and a t-shirt, and no books. Blasphemous, I know. But I'm headed to my local indie, Book People, tomorrow, for some book buying.

Some more Intergalactic Nemesis links, articles and pics:

'Nemesis' returns home,  but has big ambitions

Photo gallery:

Austin Chronicle preview:

'The Intergalactic Nemesis', Zygonian sludgies invade Dell Hall!

and the Arts Eclectic preview on KUT:

If you're local and want tix, get 'em here:



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